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March 30, 2011

Pothole hazards increase

by Gill Montia

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Pothole hazards increase

A survey of 20 UK councils by Aviva’s RAC unit has revealed that road conditions across the country continue to decline.

Government cuts have forced many councils to undertake short-term repairs, rather than the permanent variety, with 12 of the councils questioned (including nine in rural areas) having made the switch.

The strain is being felt despite an additional £100 million funding pledged by the Government in the Budget, in addition to the £100 million announced last month.

Meanwhile, RAC patrols have reported a 25% increase in call-outs resulting from potholes and poor road conditions, over the past 12 months.

Eighty five per cent of patrols said wheel and tyre damage are most commonly linked to potholes, with damage to suspension coming second.

Steering (24%), windscreen (10%) and body (7%) damage were also common reasons for needing roadside assistance after a run-in with a pothole.

RAC motoring strategist, Adrian Tink, comments: “The reality is that we’re left with a downward spiral of worsening road surfaces and councils playing catch-up with less resources to do the job.”

He adds: “Unfortunately that is cold comfort to drivers, who are paying record amounts of motoring taxation for what is a worsening service in return.”

 

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